The NCAA has selected Texas A&M's Julia Wilkinson as one of two recipients of the 2011 Jim McKay Scholarship.
Established in 2008 to honor the contributions of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay, the program annually awards $10,000 to one female and one male student-athlete in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and potential to make a contribution in the sports communication industry.
Wilkinson, a swimmer and member of the Canadian National and Olympic teams, graduated in May 2010 with a 3.875 grade-point average in communication and a minor in sports management and English. She plans to pursue a master's degree in broadcasting and journalism.
She has appeared on Fox Sports Network and co-hosted the Aggie Fan Zone Broadcast. She was captain for her team and competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
"For as long as I can remember, I have only ever had two major goals: to swim in the Olympics and to work in broadcasting," she wrote in her application essay. "Working in the communication industry has taught me skills and shown me how much I enjoy broadcasting, but swimming at the Beijing Olympics has also given me experience from the other side of the camera."